HOST LEARNS LIFE LESSON
There’s no place like home. Scott Pape knows that catchphrase better than anyone.
The and finance expert is still recovering from having his farm at Romsey, 65km north of Melbourne, wiped out by a bushfire.
Pape spent years negotiating to buy the 134ha property so that he could embrace rural life with wife Liz and their 10-month-old son Louie.
That dream came undone mid-February. Pape’s home was gone in minutes.
“My house going really taught me that home is where the heart is,” Pape says.
“I like to think of myself as a rational person, but to lose it was a really emotional thing.
“We had a fire plan so my wife and son were never in danger.
“My house wasn’t the Taj Mahal, but it is the place where I want to have memories and live for the next 30 or 40 years. We’re rebuilding now.”
which was filmed over the spring 2013 selling season, is full of emotion, too. It focuses on the highs and lows of buying and selling houses at auction.
“There is nothing like an auction to bring out the emotions of people,” Pape says. “You can think with your heart, but also your head.
“Auctions also often revolve around the five Ds — death, disease, divorce, disability and debt — and that can compound an already stressful situation.
“It (buying a house) is a thing most people will do at least once in their life. It is one of your biggest financial decisions and the penalties for stuffing it up are immense.”
Channel 7, Thursday, 9.15pm.